All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara has decided against a shock rugby league code switch and recommitted to NZ Rugby.
Last month, the 29-year-old confirmed rumours that he'd been in discussion with the NRL's Sydney Roosters and head coach Trent Robinson about filling their vacancy at hooker.
But the 69-test veteran has signed a new two-year contract with NZR and the Hurricanes through 2023, and could be back in All Blacks contention for the June test window.
"My wife and I have decided to come back to the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby for the next two-and-a-half years," says Perenara.
"We're really excited at the journey - really looking forward to seeing everyone back home - and thanks to the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby for allowing me the opportunity to come home and do what I love."
Perenara has recently completed a short-term deal with Japanese club NTT Docomo Hurricanes, whom he led to the Top League quarter-finals.
His new contract will see him through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, where he'll try to add to the championship he helped the All Blacks win in 2015.
Suggestions Perenara may try his hand at the 13-man game sparked intrigue on both sides of the Tasman, with teammates and NRL players insisting his physical style would be a natural fit.
But ultimately, the Wellington native has chosen to return to his hometown and will likely slot directly back into his role as the All Blacks' back-up halfback.
"I also want to make a shout out to Trent [Robinson] and the team at the Roosters," Perenara tweets.
"I know there's been a lot of work going on behind the scenes over the last two months, so I'm really, really appreciative for the support, not only with that, but with the decision as well."
Still in Japan, Perenara won’t be available for the Hurricanes in their upcoming Super Rugby Trans-Tasman campaign, which starts on Friday against the Waratahs, unless he’s needed as an injury replacement.
NZR general manager Chris Lendrum is "delighted" to have regained Perenara's services.
"When TJ left for his short stint in Japan, we said we’d welcome him home, so we're delighted that he has signed a contract with us through to 2023," says Lendrum.
"He's been part of NZ rugby for more than a decade and I'm sure his Japanese experience has grown him as a person."
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